Posted on August 30, 2017
The paper is here: Agenda item 12 Moorings report_final
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I think the harbour is the best idea all things long and short term considered but it will also need good access by road for reaching boats with equipment and trailers, maybe fire and ambulance too etc. Without vehicles having to dodge beach huts and strolling or picnicking holidaymakers and residents. There is a possibility of including an RNLI lifeboat facility perhaps. Also there is a massive risk that the commercials will take over this harbour (as it doesn’t dry out like the existing one) and leave their gear and dingys everywhere, and take up all the mooring space, so visiting leisure craft and crews will just start disregarding it as a place to visit along the south coast. If the commercials intend this then the commercials should pay for the construction.
the sea bed off the beach at Seaton is very barren so in the past I have made enquiries about constructing an environmentally friendly cinder block artificial reef at Seaton to attract marine life and make Seaton more of an interest to shore divers and snorkellers.
The reply was as follows. …unfortunately, I think there would be strong opposition to a harbour from the environmentalist corner.
‘Many thanks for your enquiry about an artificial reef off the shore near Seaton, with apologies for the delay in replying. We are always interested to hear about the conservation work of local volunteer groups. However, it is our policy not to support artificial reef initiatives.
While such projects may lead to a local increase in biodiversity, this will always be at the expense of the existing habitat and communities. Subtidal sand is rarely as barren as it appears, with many creatures living within the seabed sediment even if none are apparent on the surface.
Even if there is little life in the sediment, we believe the best response is to look at why this is the case; is seabed life naturally scarce, in which case we should allow it to remain in its natural state, or is it a result of human disturbance, in which case we might consider measures to reduce that disturbance. Changing the nature of the seabed and allowing a different biological community to develop is not ideal in either case.
I hope that this explains some of the thinking behind our policy. We would be happy to discuss this further.
Senior Marine Advocacy Officer
Devon Wildlife Trust
There is just one reference to the water sports operating from Fisherman’s Gap and no mention at all of how good the beach is for swimmers. Compared to north Devon it is often very smooth and suitable for these more gentle activities. A minority group I know, but a harbour around Seaton Hole as pictured, with access by boats from the sea and consequent pollution from engines would severely affect the safety and pleasure of swimmers and paddle boarders and restrict where they can be. I sincerely hope that Seaton Hole is not developed as envisaged. I also wonder about the effect of marine life and note there is no reference to this either.
The environmental impact would be disastrous. Seaton Hole is a quiet haven for wildlife, sea-life and human -life – children spend hours in the rock pools, families come for picnics, fishermen come to fish, paddle boarders to paddle, swimmers to swim. The wide open bay is stunningly beautiful. How can we even think of destroying what is undoubtedly one of Seaton’s best attractions.
People will no doubt be attracted to the possibility of a walkway from Seaton Hole to Seaton Town and some will imagine that the eroding cliff face will be secured as a result. It won’t. The cliff erosion is caused by rain not the sea. And even if they do agree to stabilise the cliff top in order to get their harbour – that’s a huge price to pay. Our cliff erosion needs to be dealt with sensitively without damaging the surrounding environment – pouring concrete along our beautiful coastline well, that’s a price too high for me.
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